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Agave utahensis


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Agave utahensis

One pack of 25 fresh seeds

This is a supposedly uncommon Agave from the higher areas of Utah and Northern Nevada. I say supposedly as I have seen all 3 of the more usual varieties growing in quite large numbers locally in their respective habitats. An unusual plant, due to the odd almost sculpted nature of the leaves.

A very slow growing species, the rosette will barely attain 45 cm across even when fully grown. The leaves has a sharp, elongated terminal spine and curiously hooked spines on the margins. It is a very hardy plant, perhaps the most hardy of the genus, withstanding deep snow in habitat.

As a group the Agaves are known as Century Plants, due to the mistaken belief that they take 100 years before they flower. This species will flower after around 12 - 20 years, which is around the average for the smaller species. The flower stem grows to 3 metres in about 4 months or so, it is unbranched and has numerous lemon yellow flowers. The plant then puts all of its energy into this and subsequent seed production. Shortly after this the plant will die, but it may form offsets at this point, which can be grown on.

It is very easy to germinate and grow on. As this is hardy to USDA Zone 5 in habitat, this will prove to be hardy in parts of the UK, providing it can be kept dry during the coldest weather - instructions will be sent for outdoor growing

Several photos on this page courtesy of Forrest and Kim Starr.

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